I begged God not to take her! But she quietly stopped breathing, her pulse growing more and more distant until it was no more. “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). We have been given a command and yet we seldom are diligently, actively, … Continue reading Beggared or Refined
Our journey is narrowing but where we turn is the same. We’re thankful for the promise of His sustaining power (Psalm 55:22).
We’ve been dealt a hard blow. Life has changed and it may never, ever be the same. Through a pandemic that includes a cancer journey with my sister-in-law, through loss of jobs or finances for different family members and friends, through loss of caring for grandkids (like my sister is experiencing), or possibly losing the care of foster children after having them in your care for so long they think of you as their safe place (like a daughter is finding). These are hard times. My nephew sits in jail 3 years now and his spouse has regained the responsibility of raising the children. And, unfortunately, the system that works to get the children back to the biological mother doesn’t take the children’s care seriously. Where do we turn?
When many followers of Jesus left because they found His teaching to be too difficult, Jesus asked the twelve if they…
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You can never fully express with words the pain of one’s suffering, for the one suffering as well as those watching. God’s gifts, yes, even the gift of suffering, serve a purpose in our becoming Christ-like (Romans 8:29, 1 Peter 1:6-16). Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8), Job learned how to … Continue reading A Hope of Rescue!
The last 41 days of 2020, which included Thanksgiving and Christmas, I spent over one thousand miles from home. I had mixed emotions when the idea first popped into my head back in October, but as it grew closer and closer, I felt the Lord confirming this radical decision. And, thankfully, I have a husband … Continue reading GUTS & GLORY
Have you ever missed-placed your cell phone? Yeah, sarcastic question! An easy find is just to have someone call it for us, right?! But what about when you have it set to vibrate? You need to be very quiet to hear the vibration. Likewise, many times we run through life on speaker phone and never … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 24
“You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.” Exodus 23:25 Here's Laura Elliott with today's devotion: Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a “right now” attached to the end of every promise in God’s Word? If … Continue reading 𝐂𝐫𝐲 𝐎𝐮𝐭! 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟑 💙
The song “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through” written by Albert E. Brumley runs through my mind on so many occasions. In 39 years of marriage, I have moved into 12 different residences. I have lived in 6 different states. My home has always felt like a temporary dwelling. And … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 22
“They’re coming!” my mother screamed! On the day Babylon invaded Jerusalem, I along with many other select young sons of Israel was carried off as captives. My name is Daniel and I eventually became the King’s personal assistant proving to be better than any of the magicians and conjurers because God was with me. I … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 21
Pastors have a very difficult road. Many times, the burden’s they carry are too much for one person. And, in order to serve a body of believers it takes away from the family. The pastor’s family makes untold sacrifices. Some of those sacrifices have to do with inadequate pay, the grumblings of discontented sheep, and … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 20!
Do you remember Wednesday night Prayer Meetings? Do you remember in the middle of the week, coming together as a church to pray? Maybe you are still participating in such a ministry. As a pastor’s wife some of my most treasured memories occurred when missionaries were home on furlough. One gentle-hearted missionary from Togo, West … Continue reading Cry Out! Challenge, Day 16